It can be hard to regain excitement or momentum in learning when you’ve been out of practice. Whether it’s opening Grudem’s Systematic Theology or starting a new morning devotional, the primary purpose behind learning for most is to gain knowledge or insight in areas they need to grow. Learning, however, comes with a presupposition. It assumes we don’t have all the right answers or know everything there is to know. That’s what I love most about learning. It requires a self-awareness that opens your heart, mind, body and soul to taking a “student” posture and perspective to life.
Passive or disinterested learning, or learning merely for the sake of knowledge, usually does not result in an action. When we learn with our heart or go “all-in,” it leads to apprenticeship. Passionate learning leads to apprenticeship. As followers and learners of Jesus, Paul reminds us to pursue the practice of being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:2). True learning and transformation in Christ-likeness begins as the Word and Spirit are invited to come into our hearts and our minds.
This semester, I encourage you to take the “student” posture in your relationships, workplace, ministry, and leadership, so that Christ is glorified and we may have eternal hope!
Director of Alumni & Parent Relations